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Old January 8th, 2013, 12:30 PM   #431

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Valkyrie Figurine From Hårby – Aardvarchaeology
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Etymologically speaking, ”valkyrie” means ”chooser of the slain”. The job of these supernatural shield maidens in Norse mythology is to select who dies on the battlefield and guide their souls to Odin’s manor, where they will spend the afterlife training for the Twilight of the Gods, the final battle against the forces of chaos. After each day’s combat training, a mead-hall party with drink and reincarnated pork ensues, with the valkyries waiting the tables.
We have had very few period depictions of armed women. Instead scholars have applied the term “valkyrie” to a common Late Iron Age motif of a usually unarmed woman who offers up a mead cup or horn, sometimes standing alone, sometimes to an armed man, who is often on horseback. A more cautious term for this motif is “the greeting scene”, and there is reason to link it to beliefs about what would happen to men in the afterlife (cf. houris). But there are armed women embroidered on the tapestries from the AD 834 Oseberg ship burial, and a small group of brooches shows them in 2D relief (pictures below). Thanks to Danish amateur metal detectorists, that group is growing steadily. And now a 3D version of the motif has surfaced!
Detectorist Morten Skovsby found the first 3D valkyrie figurine late last year at Hårby on Funen. She wears a floor-length dress and has her hair in the typical knot we’ve seen for instance on the Lady of Sättuna, and she’s armed with sword and shield. The interlace decoration on the rear of her dress should permit pretty tight dating once specialists get to see it clearly, but she’s definitely from the Vendel or Viking Periods, and I’d say probably from the 8th/9th/10th century.
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Toothed Bird Fossil Found In China Suggests Robin-Sized Creature Had Strange Teeth
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The fossil skeleton of a bird with strange teeth that lived 125 million years ago has been discovered in China. The bird had bizarre ridges on its teeth that may have enabled it to crack open hard-shelled insects and snails, the researchers said.
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The original Tolkienesque shieldmaiden. Real good find okamido.
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I was lucky that one of my resources found this, because the original Irish site was unknown to me. It is damn cool.
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Spanish police seize ancient plundered vase from an antique shop
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The owner of an antique shop in Spain was arrested after police investigators found a vase there dating back to the late second century B.C., officials said Saturday.
The antiquity had been illegally plundered from an Iberian era archeological site in the province of Alicante, an Interior Ministry statement said.
Inspectors found it in a cardboard box during a routine search of the shop in the eastern town of El Campello.
"We are not yet aware of the full importance of this discovery, but in 20 years' time we will still be talking about this vase," said Jose Luis Simon, an expert from the cultural heritage service of the Ministry of Culture.
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In this picture released by the Spanish Interior Ministry on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, a very rare vase from late second century BC that was seized by police after it was found in an antique shop in the town of El Campello, eastern Spain. Officers seized the object during a routine inspection and arrested the shop owner for allegedly receiving and handling the plundered antiquity of almost incalculable historical importance. The vase is nearly 22-centuries old and was allegedly taken from an Iberian era archeological site in the Spanish province of Alicante. (AP Photo/Interior Ministry)
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In the fourth century A.D., a bishop named Nicholas transformed the city of Myra, on the Mediterranean coast of what is now Turkey, into a Christian capital.
Nicholas was later canonized, becoming the St. Nicholas of Christmas fame. Myra had a much unhappier fate.
After some 800 years as an important pilgrimage site in the Byzantine Empire it vanished — buried under 18 feet of mud from the rampaging Myros River. All that remained was the Church of St. Nicholas, parts of a Roman amphitheater and tombs cut into the rocky hills.
But now, 700 years later, Myra is reappearing.


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A restorer cleans a preserved deesis fresco that appears under alluvium at an excavation site in Turkey. (Myra-Andriake Excavations)









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Cemetery is discovered in one of the temples of Luxor

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The Ministry of Antiquities of Egypt announced this week the discovery of a cemetery dated between 664 and 1075 before the Christian era inside the temple of Amenhotep II (1291-1550 before the Christian era) in the religious complex of Luxor. The discovery was made by a Italian Archeology team

At the site were found remains of coffins, several bodies and twelve canopic jars vessels.

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Residents of a town under siege by the Roman army about 2,000 years ago buried two hoards of treasure in the town's citadel — treasure recently excavated by archaeologists. More than 200 coins, mainly bronze, were found along with "various items of gold, silver and bronze jewelry and glass vessels" inside an ancient fortress within the Artezian settlement in the Crimea (in Ukraine), the researchers wrote in the most recent edition of the journal Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia.
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Researchers working at the site of Artezian in the Crimea (Ukraine) have discovered two hoards of buried treasure (one hoard shown here) dating to A.D. 45, a time when the people of the citadel were under siege by the Roman army. Here, two silver anklets, beads, numerous coins and a white, glass flask with a two-headed face, one side serious and the other happy.
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Archaeologists baffled by eight-ton, 2,000-year-old animal statue discovered at excavation site in heart of panda territory
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A giant stone animal has been found at an excavation site in Chengdu, southwestern China, baffling archaeologists as to what it may be.
The mysterious rock beast was unearthed in the capital of Sichuan province today and is thought to be 2,000 years old.
The stone animal weighed in at 8.5 tons and at 10ft 10in long, 3ft 11in wide and 5ft 7in tall.
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